View Full Version : Topsoil Screeners

12-26-2012, 09:41 PM
Needing some advice from the experts.

I have a friend up the road whos doing a major dirt removal project. We've already hauled 100 ton and haven't put a dent in it. I'd say there is over 10,000 tons of dirt or more to move.

This is beautiful topsoil which got me thinking. What would people pay for screened topsoil? It has roots/rocks in it that need screened. I could buy a screener for $15k.


I am just wondering if anyone does this and what they get per ton of screened dirt? Thanks

12-26-2012, 09:50 PM
That machine looks too small for that much dirt unless you are planning on stockpiling dirt.

Per 18cu yard I pay $160

12-26-2012, 09:52 PM
That machine looks too small for that much dirt unless you are planning on stockpiling dirt.

Per 18cu yard I pay $160

I plan on stockpiling it.

12-26-2012, 10:17 PM
Unless you have a few other screening jobs lined up , I don't think it is worth it. Around here you can get a load (20 tonne avg) for 300 plus delivery ( sometimes cheaper) by screening this material you would break even just on the cost of the machine , plus you would be paying out of pocket for machine fuel, labour, maintenance etc. I don't know what type of equipment you have to load but it may be better to rent a tromel type plant for a few days and be done with it.
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12-26-2012, 10:25 PM
I get really nice screened, shredded topsoil for 250.00 delivered .... about 9-10 yards worth, from a local sod company that stores it dry in a huge covered structure.

Their screener it awesome.

12-27-2012, 01:03 AM
I get it for 10/yard wholesale picked up but most places sell it for 20/25 retail. I would rent a screener for a month and make sure you can sell the product
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01-19-2013, 04:37 AM
I owned the 500 version. Same as 550 but 2006 model. It was great for making trench bedding onsite. As for topsoil.....it had better be very dry and you must be patient. I paid 5k for a unit with 240 hours

Superior L & L
01-19-2013, 09:49 AM
You would be better off hiring a company to bring in a real screener and have them do it for you.
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AWJ Services
01-19-2013, 02:05 PM
That machine looks too small for that much dirt unless you are planning on stockpiling dirt.

Per 18cu yard I pay $160

Where can you get screened topsoil that cheap? All the screened stuff on the south side is 300 plus?

01-19-2013, 03:02 PM
I think the values of topsoil are really regional. I would agree that unless you can keep a screener working, either renting a screener or having someone custom screen for you would be the best. Only downside is the custom screener is going to want to be paid. If they charge you $1-$2 a yard to screen it. Thats 20K out of pocket. If there is a demand for topsoil and you can afford the cash layout, it might pay off nicely. Here screened topsoil is about $8.00 a yard. I think the main questions can only be answered by you which are value of the topsoil after its screened. How fast you can sell it and if you can layout the cash to get it processed are some of the questions to ask.

Kepple Services
01-19-2013, 03:48 PM
We started screening soils as well as the ground greenwaste that we bring in. I sell the sceened material for $12.50 a yard plus delivery if they want it delivered. The ground greenwaste has a LOT of organics in it and makes an awsome soil amendment that is really needed here in FLA because of all the sandy soils we have. We also send out a LOT of our ground greenwaste to another guy who mixes it with biosolids(AKA $hit), lets it sit for a month or so and then screens it out.. makes one hell of a tertelizer. Right now between the two of us we have close to 80,000 yards of material.

01-19-2013, 09:12 PM
We rent one for a day and then screen a bunch, we usually do 2 times a year. We feed it with an excavator and take a way with a backhoe, set up right you can put a lot though it in a day. For me it isn't worth owning one.

01-19-2013, 10:56 PM
CLP who do you rent from?
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01-20-2013, 02:58 PM
Do you have a spot it can be put up and left for a long time? Do you have to pay for the trucking to move it?

There can be some good money in black dirt. A small screener isn't so bad as I've found selling 50-100 yards at time is common for me. I think it's better to have the big pile and screen small amounts out and use it up than screen the whole thing, people like using 'fresh' dirt. Wholesale here is $15 a yard including trucking.

01-21-2013, 08:52 AM
NEUSWEDE , I rent from Sabattus hardware most of the time because I can run back roads to get it, or Rent-it. It cost me about $350 a day so it doesn't make sense to for me to own one.